Kegel's German Inn
Located in the heart of Milwaukee's West Allis neighborhood, Kegel's Inn serves up the most authentic German fare in the area. Inside you'll find a warm atmosphere, friendly service and one of the most beautiful beer halls in the country. With incredible murals, leaded glass, and heavy wooden beams, one can almost hear rounds of "Du Bist Mein Herzen" reverberating in the Bierstube. Since 1924, Kegel's Inn has been the locals' go-to destination for authentic German cuisine and continues to top the charts as one of the best places to catch a Friday Fish Fry in Milwaukee.
VOTED ONE OF MILWAUKEE'S BEST FISH FRY'S!
At Kegel's Inn, everything is made from time honored traditional recipes. Like the rest of our establishment, things haven't changed much since we first opened our doors in 1924. Sure, there may be some new faces, but our steadfast commitment to our customers and our family values keeps our atmosphere warm and inviting, our service fast and neighborly, and our delicious food in accordance to the highest standards of our family lineage. At the end of the day, our goal is that your experience gets better every time you come in. Danke Schön!
5901 W. National Ave.
West Allis, WI 53214
Sa & Su Closed
M-Th 4:30 - 9:00pm
F 4:00 - 10:00pm
Sa 4:30 - 9:00pm
Reservations by phone: (414) 257-9999
Although reservations are not required any night of the week, we always appreciate when you call ahead about larger parties.
WHAT ABOUT FRIDAY FISH FRY?
We do allow a limited number of reservations for Friday's Fish Fry. If you call and you can't get a reservation, don't worry! We leave most of the dining room available for our walk-in customers.
While it is customary to wait for a table on Fridays, we understand walking in can be a bit intimidating if you've never been here before. Here is a quick guide to enjoying the wait at Kegel's Inn on a busy Friday Night
1 - Get your name on the list
Walk all the way to the end of the bar and give your name and party size to Jim Kegel.
2 - Belly up to the bar
Enjoy the great selection of German Beers and Classic Supper Club Cocktails from Julian Kegel.
3 - Feel the Gemütlichkeit
Spend your time noticing the friendliness and good cheer. Allow your senses to notice the authenticity of your surroundings.
4 - Take yourself back in time
Kegel's is a 1924 prohibition-era speakeasy. Revel in the craftsmanship of our original murals, the intricate woodwork and gorgeous leaded stained glass windows.
5 - Rejoice when your name is called.
Getting a table is a little bit like Yahtzee, so make sure you cheer accordingly!
6 - Enjoy yourself!
PLANNING A PARTY?
Kegel's Inn has a long, rich history of entertaining large parties. With a dining room that seats up to 100 guests*, our customizable dining room is perfect for birthdays, wedding rehearsals, holiday parties, business meetings, anniversaries, graduations, school field trips, memorial luncheons and so much more!
PRIVATE OR SEMI PRIVATE DINING
* CAPACITY OF UP TO 100*
NO Hidden Fees or Minimums
CUSTOM MENU Offerings
* Excludes Friday nights. Saturday evenings limited to around 50 guests*
Excerpt from the Jim Stingl's Write up in the Journal Sentinal on Jan 12th 2017.
I can try to describe Muller Fasching Verein Nordamerika, but there's nothing like seeing them burst through the door and take over a room.
They're in wooden masks and elaborate costumes. They're noisy and a little scary. They're dancing and offering everyone swigs of booze from flasks.
And they're keeping alive a 300-year-old pre-Lenten folk custom from the mountains of Austria.
Born here in Germantown 20 years ago, they call themselves Milwaukee Mullers for short, and they claim theirs is the only club of its kind in the United States.
What they do is part heritage, part hallucination.
"It's just a merriment," said Rodney Raasch, one of the founders. "It's like a 3-ring circus.There's something going on all over the room.
I can attest to that. At one point I found myself face-to-face with a heinous witch who insisted that we dance. The witch's name, I learned later, is Jack. Underneath their masks, all the characters are males just like in the old country.
"I carry a broom," Jack Suworoff said, "and I sweep your feet and that's to sweep all your sins away from the previous year."
My first experience with the Mullers came at a party last Saturday night at, of all places, an Irish pub, O'Donoghue's in Elm Grove. Our hosts, my friends Kathy and Bob Lemke, had seen the troupe at Kegel's Inn a couple years ago and invited them as a surprise attraction at their gathering.
A bus pulled up out front and about 30 Mullers poured into the bar in a baffling mix of colorful outfits, masks and feathery flowery headgear. If it was a bank, you might reach for the ceiling.
Three accordion squeezers played them into the room. Percussion was provided by woodmen or Kloetzlers, two characters who gyrated in robes made of wooden slats.
One performer came as a bear who kept sneaking up on partygoers with his huge toothy face. A trainer pulled on a chain to hold him back.
Four guys in lederhosen shorts took over the middle of the room with a thigh-slapping dance called Schuhplattler to the strains of a Muller waltz. They were surrounded, I learned later, by characters representing the four seasons of the year — the Halbweisse, Melcher, Zaggler and Zottler.
The dancing and carrying-on lasted about 20 minutes. It's meant to give us hope for the arrival of spring, while driving evil spirits from our midst.
Read More Here from Jim's Article - Journal Sentinal Write Up - Jan 12th.